The challenge is on. Write a post each day in April (minus Sundays) using the letters of the alphabet as your guide.
The theme I have chosen is "Why I Love Being Catholic".
Here we are, the last of the 26 days of blogging. I'm zonked! I haven't blogged this frequently ever!
When I started this challenge a month ago, I had one goal in mind. I wanted to defend my faith in all of it's beauty from people who didn't understand it. What ended up happening was I found out how much I didn't know about it myself.
How clever God is! He took my self-centered emotions and turned it into something wonderful.
As you probably realized, much of my writing was not so much my writing, per se. Google supplied me with a lot of definitions and Bible verses that I otherwise wouldn't have known. The personal stuff was really me, but other than that, I had been at a loss for true understanding of the "why" of the faith.
This challenge has left me feeling a lot more zealous for being a Catholic. After many posts, I wanted to run to the Catholic book store and read all I could. Apologetics will soon become my new hobby.
So this is what I've learned.
1.) Most Catholics (maybe just me?) don't know their faith.
Most Catholics know what they don't like or agree with when it comes to the "rules" set out by the Magisterium. (by the way, these rules protect us - just so you know.)
The Catholic Church is full of riches. There is so much grace, hope, mercy, and love at our disposal if we just tap into it.
If we have a deep understanding of Catholicism we will have the knowledge to not only benefit from its beauty, but defend it for others who will question, and sometimes attack, our beliefs.
2.) Our faith REALLY IS rooted in scripture. (okay, I already knew this)
We also have traditions handed down to us and apostolic succession to keep us in unison. You know the old adage, Too many cooks spoil the broth? Well, not for Catholics! We don't have that problem.*
3.) There's a counter-argument for everything.
As I mentioned before, I looked up a LOT of information on the computer. And for every bible verse that supported my "word of the day", there is a counter argument for an opposite interpretation of said bible verse.
There will always be misinterpretations, misunderstandings, and a bunch of "I'm right, you're wrong." But if I may use that old adage again...too many cooks....Maybe we just need one...and his name is Pope!*
4.) Faith is hard
It's hard to believe and trust in something you can't see or prove. Do it anyway. Or at the very least, dive into an area of your faith you aren't sure about. There is so much to learn. I didn't realize this until I was in the midst of this challenge, and now I'm thirsting for more.
Stay thirsty, my friends.
Thanks for reading and for your wonderful, encouraging comments. God bless you!
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